About the career

Depending upon your interests, job opportunities in automotive service exist in a wide array of settings, including manufacturer-specific dealerships, independent repair facilities, specialty service providers, and fleet maintenance and repair facilities.  

Skills learned in the automotive technology program may also be applied to a variety of career opportunities beyond automotive service, including employment in the mining, heavy (diesel) equipment, automotive manufacturing, auto parts sales, and performance racing industries..

What you'll learn

You are trained in a hands-on laboratory setting equipped with modern diagnostic and service equipment to perform the diagnostic, repair, and maintenance procedures necessary to keep today’s vehicles operating properly. You will develop knowledge and skills related to workplace safety, employability practices, and the diagnosis and repair of engine mechanical components, steering, suspension and alignment, brakes, manual drivelines and axles, electrical and electronic systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, automatic transmissions / transaxles, and proper engine performance.

student with computer diagnosing car

Nationally, NMU ranks as the 10th best automotive mechanical school (at a university or 4-year college) and has been noted for its hands-on courses, small class sizes, and “ladder” to related B.S. degrees with no loss of credits.

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Automotive Service Technician and Mechanic

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Projected job growth to 2029


NMU Degrees

Automotive Technology Degrees

Maintenance certificate – 1 year

Technician certificate – 2 years

Service technology associate degree – 2 years